It’s September, and that means the school holidays are back for another two weeks! Are you struggling for ideas that don’t cost a fortune? If you need some inspiration in planning activities with the kids that won’t leave you broke, there are a number of free events taking place across Perth these school holidays.
Perth CBD/North of Perth
Giant Kaleidoscope Address: Elizabeth Quay, Perth
Dates and times: From now to Friday, 13 October from 8am to 5pm daily
There are sooooo many activities happening throughout the Perth CBD these holidays that the kids will seriously be spoilt for choice. Just some of the activities are listed below, and see the website for the full details.
• Silent Disco and Chill Zone 80’s Style – daily from Saturday, 23 September to Sunday, 8 October between 10am and 2pm
• Dinosaur Mask Making – daily from Saturday, 23 September to Sunday, 8 October between 10am and 2pm
• Critters Up Close – daily from Saturday, 23 September to Sunday, 8 October between 10am and 2pm
• Free facepainting at Carillon City
• **Breakdance and hip hop classes
• Game Vault Gaming Bus**
• Make Your Own Unicorn or Bug Terrarium
2017 Kings Park Festival Address: Kings Park & Botanic Garden WA Fraser Ave Perth
Phone: 9480 3600
Dates and times: From now until Saturday, 30 September
Western Australia’s favourite (and largest) park will come alive with the colour of wildflowers during a month-long extravaganza of walks and talks, outdoor exhibitions, art installations and fun for all the family.
Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol at Karrinyup Address: Karrinyup Shopping Centre, 200 Karrinyup Road, Karrinyup
Phone: 9445 1122
Dates and times: Monday, 25 September and Sunday, 1 October – see website for full list of times.
Join Chase, Marshall and the PAW Patrol gang at Centre Stage of Karrinyup Shopping Centre, followed by a meet and greet. In week two of the holidays, kids can become an honorary member of the PAW Patrol by making their very PAW Patrol Badge. For more information, read on https://www.weekendnotes.com/nick-jrs-paw-patrol-karrinyup-shopping-centre/ here.
LEGO Ninjago Immersive Zone at Whitford City Shopping Centre Address: Centre Court (near Coles) Whitford City Shopping Centre, Marmion Avenue and Whitfords Avenue, Hillarys
Phone: 9308 2751
Date and times: Thursday, 21 September to Monday, 2 October between 11am and 2pm daily
To celebrate the release of the LEGO Ninjago Movie on Thursday, 21 September, Whitford City is hosting the LGEO Ninjago Immersive Zone – try the Ninja Height Challenge and build the tallest LEGO, take on the Ninja Nun-Chuck Training, manoeuvre the LEGO Ninjago steeple chase or just take it easy with some free building time.
South/East of Perth
Kidstruction at Belmont Forum Address: Belmont Forum, 227 Belmont Avenue, Cloverdale
Phone: 9478 2152
Dates and times: Tuesday 26 September to Friday 6 October (weekdays) between 11am and 2pm
Little builders will love Belmont Forum’s Kidstruction activities and craft zone. Come along and build a gift to take home.
Can you find your way out of the Muddle Maze? Along with this a-maze-ing maze, there will be prizes on offer and spring themed arts and crafts taking place, with a different craft each week of the holidays. Week one is Creature Crafts, including Design Your On Butterfly, Bird, Bug or Bee. Week two is the Emoji Shrinky Dink Workshop, in which kids can create their very own emoji.
Muddle Maze at Cockburn Gateway
School Holidays at the WA Shipwrecks Museum, Fremantle Dates and times: Saturday, 23 September to Sunday, 8 October between 10am and 2pm
The WA Shipwrecks Museum will play host to a heap of free pirate-themed activities these holidays, including storytelling and paper-craft. Come dressed as your favourite pirate! Some activities will incur a fee of $2, so check the website for more information about which activities are free and which are not.
Image: WA Shipwrecks Museum
Fremantle Markets Baby Animal Farm Address: Corner of Henderson Street and South Terrace, Fremantle
Dates and times: Saturday, 23 September to Saturday, 10th February 2018 between 9am and 11am
Okay so it’s not technically free, as entry is by gold coin donation (surely you’ve got a couple of dollars down the back of the couch?) but it will be worth every cent to see the delight on your child’s face when they come face to face with a gorgeous little baby animal in Market Lane. Come and cuddle a lovely selection of cute animals, including chickens, ducklings, bunnies, guinea pigs, lambs, kid goats, piglets and, depending upon availability, a calf, alpaca, or miniature horse.
Fremantle Markets website
Artquarium at Stockland Riverton Address: Stockland Riverton, Corner High Road and Willeri Drive, Riverton
Phone: 9457 9611
Dates and times: Saturday, 23 September to Sunday, 8 October between 10am and 3pm and 11am to 3pm on Sundays
Kids of all ages will be thrilled to make their own fish and see it swim around the Artquarium in this an interactive activity. Get busy making the fish before seeing the creations come to life on the interactive aquarium screen. Bookings are essential.
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